Study Guide Master of European Union Studies
Study Guide Master of European Union Studies
1 Study Guide Master of European Union Studies CENTRE OF EUROPEAN UNION STUDIES JEAN MONNET CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE www.uni-salzburg.at/sceus
3 Welcome to the Master Programme in European Union Studies! This Study Guide is your manual guiding you through the Curriculum in EUS. Please read it thoroughly! It will answer your questions, help you to pass the programme, and provide you with tips and information. If you are new to Salzburg, we recommend our SCEUS Survival Guide! Check our Website: http://www.uni-salzburg.at/sceus If you have any additional questions or need help, please contact us: Email: SCEUS@sbg.ac.at
4 Why study EUS European Union Studies offers you the opportunity to become a comprehensively trained EU-Expert. Imparting you with a profound theoretical and practical knowledge of European institutions, policies, decision making procedures and law, the unique Master Programme prepares you for working in the public and private sectors. There these qualifications are extremely relevant as all areas are highly influenced by European decision-making. Emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach, the programme combines courses in European Politics, Law, Economic Integration, History, Sociology and Communication Sciences.
In study trips and specialized interdisciplinary seminars you get a first intensive experience of EU-Institutions and meet experts and practitioners, thus gaining direct insights into political processes and decision making mechanisms within the European Union.
You will also put your knowledge into practice in simulations and moot courts, taking over the roles of relevant actors in the EU-institutions and engage in negotiating current issues together with your colleagues, supervised by teams of teachers from different fields as well as experts from outside the University. Being English-taught, the programme furthermore allows for an international educational environment and enhances your international qualifications and language competences. That focus is additionally deepened by attractive opportunities for studying abroad including the chance to acquire a Double Degree.
In a Nutshell: Ȗ Ȗ Become an interdisciplinarily trained EU-Expert in a challenging programme of very high quality Ȗ Ȗ Look behind the scenes in study trips Ȗ Ȗ Meet experts and practitioners from EU-Institutions and Academia Ȗ Ȗ Get active in moot courts and simulations Ȗ Ȗ Enhance your language skills in an English-taught programme Ȗ Ȗ Develop your cultural and international qualifications within an international educational environment Ȗ Ȗ Acquire additional skills by studying abroad at our partner Universities
5 Admission There is a limited number of studying-places every year.
To register for the Master Programme in European Union Studies, students have to apply in a formal three-step admission procedure. During the process, applicants must provide documents and credentials to prove that they meet the requirements to apply for this programme. It takes place in spring and summer, allowing qualified students to start the programme in October. All information about the process, required qualifications etc. can be found on the SCEUS-website.
Most importantly, to qualify for EUS students need to hold a Bachelor’s (or higher) or other equivalent degree (worth at least 180 ECTS credits) at a recognized Austrian or foreign postsecondary institution. In general, all university study programmes qualify students for the Master Programme in European Union Studies, except the fine and performing arts. Students holding a degree from universities of applied sciences qualify for the Master Programme in European Union Studies if they have studied legal, social science or economic subjects.
As the programme is in English, students need to be proficient users of this language.
(CEFR level B2 or higher) Besides the formal requirements and high-level language skills, the key criteria for selection are, inter alia, proven interest and motivation to study European Union studies, and familiarity with the general methodological approaches of the core disciplines of the programme: political science, economics and law. Additionally you need to be willing to make some effort in studying. Teachers and students find the Master Programme challenging: many students have to familiarize themselves with new issues, disciplines and methods in a short amount of time. Experience shows that most beginners successfully master these challenges.
But, from the first semester, this demands a willingness to acquire missing knowledge in the main topics through self-study, supported by tutorials and learning groups, which must not be underestimated.
For application and all information about it please see https://www.uni-salzburg.at/sceus
6 Master Exam (4 ECTS) Master Thesis (20 ECTS) Module 7 Research Design and Thesis SE Supervision Seminar (3 ECTS) SE Supervision Seminar (2 ECTS) SE Interdisciplinary MA-Seminar (3 ECTS) Module 8 Case Studies on EU Law and Politics IP Interdisciplinary Case Study (12 ECTS) SE EU Politics in depth (6 ECTS) SE EU Politics in depth (5ECTS) SE European Law in depth (6 ECTS) SE Economics of EU-Integration in depth (6 ECTS) EX EU Institutions in Practice (6 ECTS) Free Elective courses (6 ECTS) EX Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe (6 ECTS) Module 5 Interdisciplinary Consolidation Module 6 Practical Seminars Seminars SK English for EU Studies (3 ECTS) Exam Fundamentals of EU Studies (3 ECTS) SE EU Politics in depth (5ECTS) Module 1 Politics of the EU VO Introduction to the politics of the EU (3 ECTS) PS Introduction to the politics of the EU (6 ECTS) SE EU Politics in depth (5ECTS) Module 2 European Law Exam incl: VU European Law I (3 ECTS) VU European Law II (3 ECTS) Tutorial course SE EU Politics in depth (5ECTS) VO Intern.
Macroeconomics and EUIntegration II (3 ECTS) VO Intern. Macroeconomics and EUIntegration I (3 ECTS) VO History of EUIntegration (3 ECTS) Positive grading is a prerequisite for modules 5 and up! Positive grading is a prerequisite for modules 8 and up! 4. Sem 3. Sem 2. Sem 1. Sem SE Supervision Seminar (2 ECTS) Module 9 Methodolgy advanced SE Methods in Political Science OR Economics OR Law (6 ECTS) Module 3 Economics and History of European integration Module 4 Terminology and Basics SE Transdisciplinary Methodolgy (6 ECTS) Master Programme European Union Studies Curr. 2018
7 What you need to know Most courses are building up on each other and have to be followed in a special order! Stick to our guide when choosing your courses to avoid problems with admission. The deadline for fulfilling the prerequisites is the 15th of March/October (depending on the Semester). Courses demanding prerequisites need to be attended until this date, if you still have the chance to fulfil the prerequisites before the deadline. If the deadline has passed and you were not able to complete the prerequisites, you have to drop out of the courses.
Prerequisites 1. → 2. semester Course / module: a prerequisite for: Complete Module 1 Complete Module 2 (Subject Exam) VO International Macroeconomics and European Integration I (from Module 3) Fundamentals of EU studies (Subject Exam) (from Module 4) Modules 5 and up Other courses of the first semester must be completed by the end of the 2nd semester at the latest; you can therefore choose a later examination date.
Caution: a lot of the courses are only offered once a year; make sure not to miss them! Prerequisites 2. → 3. semester Course / module: a prerequisite for: Complete Module 5 VO International Macroeconomics and European Integration II (from Module 2) SK English for EU studies (from Module 4) Module 8 and up
8 Some special steps Subject exam European Law: this examination covers the content of several lectures. Because of the amount and the complexity of the examination material, thorough preparation is essential. Start studying right at the beginning of the semester and attend the tutorial course which is offered as an additional preparatory class. To make sure that an initial fail will not delay your study progress, we also recommend you to register for early examination dates. For further details about this exam check the exam-info on the website! Also the exam-dates are mentioned there!
Subject exam Fundamentals of European Union Studies: This written examination covers questions on basic knowledge of the European Union.
A reader and information for preparation is provided by the SCEUS. For further details about this exam check the exam-info on the website! Free elective courses: You need to do 6 ECTS out of “free elective courses”. It does not matter in which semester you do them, also the number of courses is up to you, they just have to add up to (at least) 6 ECTS. They can be of any kind, e.g. language courses or courses at other departments. You can also complete a work placement in context of the free elective courses.
Practical seminars: Firstly the course “EU-Institutions in Practice” offers intensive contact with European institutions and their representatives in a study visit to the most important organs of the EU in Frankfurt, Luxembourg and Brussels. Combined with preceding and subsequent seminar sessions as well as a “moot court”, the course will convey profound insights into the most important EU institutions.Italsooffersthepossibilitytoaskquestionsandbuildimportantcontactstoth eirrepresentatives. Secondly the course “Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe” is built around an excursion to Olomouc (Czech Republic).
It aims to allow for a deeper understanding of the transformation process since the fall of the iron curtain and the Eastern enlargement of the EU in 2004. Taught by experts from Palacký University Olomouc, it provides a survey of Czech politics and history as a way of better understanding this process during the last century and how the political system operates in today society, including its political parties and decision-making structures. Moot court/Case Studies: These courses focus on giving practical insights into decision-making processes within the European Union. In the moot court (course EU Institutions in Practice) you will take roles (of judges, advocate general, parties to the national procedure, European Commission) within the framework of a procedure in front of the European Court of Justice.
The Interdisciplinary Case Studies highlight the procedures leading up to the passing of legislative acts within the European Union. These courses are taught by teams of teachers of different disciplines and experts from European institutions. Besides a theoretical input, a lot of emphasis is put on team work and simulation of negotiations in EU institutions.
Master thesis/examination: Starting at the end of the second semester you should start looking for a possible subject for your thesis. You will find a list of possible supervisors for your thesis on the homepage of SCEUS. Ideally the master thesis will cover an interdisciplinary question. After the successful completion of the master thesis it has to be defended in an oral exam. You find more info about the completion of the programme on the website.
9 Examinations and Assessment Examination types: You will be dealing with three types of exams: course exams (covering the content of a specific course), subject exams (covering particular topics) and a master exam (a defensio of your master thesis).
Exams can be either in written or oral form. You will be informed on the mode of the exam in advance. Limitation of exams: You have a maximum of four tries per course/subject exam in total, whereas the last try has to be done in front of a commission. If you fail an exam for the fourth time, you are not allowed to continue studying this programme according to University law! Course attendance and assessment: There are different types of courses, some demanding continuous assessment, others do not. Check §4 of the curriculum for details. For Non-continuous assessment courses your attendance will not be tracked and you pass the course by passing the exam.
We recommend you to still attend the classes, it is at your own risk if you do not and miss important information. Usually there are three exam-dates offered. You can see them in time in Plusonline – Caution you always have to register for them. We recommend you to choose early dates so you still have tries left in case you fail the first time. Classes demanding continuous assessment are structured differently. Your attendance will be tracked and is part of the assessment. You are only allowed to miss a small percentage of the course, usually two sessions (the professor will inform you in the beginning of the semester).
The assessment of these classes will also include other tasks, like presentations, homeworks, papers etc. Your professor will make that clear in the beginning of the course. Retaking exams/courses: If you receive a negative grade in a class with continuous assessment, you have to retake the whole course.
For classes without continuous assessment you just have to retake the exam. You are allowed to retake classes/exams even if you got a positive grade, but only once and only up to max. twelve months after the first try. Caution, the first grade will be invalidated in that case and the second one will be counted, so it is possible to deteriorate, not only improve. Exam registration: You have to register for exams in time! Usually that works via Plusonline – except for the EU-Law subject exam, where you have to do that in person at the secretary. The registration window is visible in Plusonline.
In case you decide not to attend an exam for which you registered, you need to deregister. Not every professor is terribly strict on that, but still keep on top of (de-)registration to avoid problems.
Grades: You will see grades in Plusonline and have the right to access your graded exams if you have questions (you need to schedule an appointment with the respective examiner to do so).
10 International experience Students in the Master Programme in EUS are encouraged to spend a period of study abroad. Further to exchange programmes like Erasmus, we offer two possibilities to gain some international experience and even acquire a Double Degree. Our Partner Universities are the Palacký University in Olomouc and the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli in Rome.
Double Degree Salzburg - Olomouc As an EUS-student you have the opportunity to combine studying abroad in Olomouc and acquire a Magister degree of the Law faculty of Palacký University additionally to your Master-degree in EUS. To be awarded the Double Degree, most courses in this curriculum have to be completed in Salzburg. This is followed by a stay in Olomouc (if possible during the last semester). Your stay in Olomouc may take one semester or more, if you prefer. In Olomouc you take courses according to the requirements of the Palacký University Olomouc as well as your EUS curriculum at the University of Salzburg.
Additionally the master thesis has to focus on current topics relevant to the Czech Republic. The master thesis has to be (co-)supervised from an authorized professor at the Palacký University. The master examination will take place in Salzburg, questions will be asked by professors from both universities. In the event of successful completion of the master examination in Salzburg a request for both degrees can be made, according to the requirements of both universities. Double Degree Salzburg - Rome SCEUS runs a two-year Double Degree Programme with our partner-university Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS) Guido Carli in Rome, offering a challenging programme taught in English, aimed at students enrolled in the Master-Programme EUS at Salzburg University.
Students have the opportunity to study not only in Salzburg but spend some time in Rome, taking courses according to the requirements of both universities.
You will follow the first three semesters in Salzburg and after having completed them you have the opportunity to spend another two semesters in Rome, where you will be exempted from the study fees. Your Master thesis will be co-supervised from authorized Professors in Salzburg and Rome and at the end of the programme, if compliant with both LUISS and Salzburg academic requirements, you will acquire two degrees, a Master’s Degree in International Relations at LUISS and a Master of Arts in EU Studies at Universität Salzburg.
11 Need Assistance? The Student Representation is happy to help! We give advice happily and provide you with information about the study program.
Especially when you are in your first semester, we help you to find your way through your studies. So, please do not hesitate to ask us all your questions. But the Student Representation does even more! In the meetings of the curricular commission and in meetings with the faculty and the professors we advocate the interests of the students and try to be a link between the professors and the students.
Nevertheless, the Student Representation also wants to enhance the connection between the students as well through different events, like the Welcome Day or parties. If you have any questions, please write us via Facebook or email us. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stv.eus/ E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Consult our Survival Guide to student life in Salzburg! The SCEUS Survival Guide is a manual for new EUS students and your first reference point, containing all the info you need to find your way through student life in Salzburg. If you read it thoroughly you will certainly be well equipped to enjoy student life in Salzburg and successfully finish your study programme!
You can get it as printed version at the SCEUS and online on our website (SCEUS-Master programme-Important Info and Guides) Contact us! SCEUS office: Julia Pöttgen and Miriam Krög Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies Edmundsburg Mönchsberg 2 5020 Salzburg Email: SCEUS@sbg.ac.at Homepage: http://www.uni-salzburg.at/sceus Facebook: www.facebook.com search for “Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies”
12 Studienjahr 2017/2018 5. Juni 2018 41. Stück Mitteilungsblatt – Sondernummer der Paris Lodron-Universität Salzburg 109. Curriculum for the Master Programme European Union Studies of the ParisLodron University of Salzburg (Version 2018) At its meeting on 8 May 2018 the senate of the Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg adopted the following version of the curriculum for the Master Programme in EU Studies, as finalized by the EU Studies Curriculum Commission of Salzburg University on 8 March 2018.
Its legal basis is the 2002 Federal Act on the Organization of Universities and their Studies (Universities Act 2002 – UG), Federal Law Gazette No. 120/2002, and the section of the Statutes of the University of Salzburg relating to university studies.
1 General Provisions (1) The overall scope of the Master Programme in EU studies is 120 ECTS credits. This corresponds to an intended study duration of 4 semesters. (2) Graduates of the Master Programme in EU studies are awarded the academic degree "Master of Arts", abbreviated as "MA". (3) For admission to the Master Programme, students must have completed a bachelor's degree, Fachhochschule bachelor's degree or another equivalent programme at a recognized domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution (see. UG2002 §64 para. 5). A subject-specific training is not required; the study is aimed at graduates of all disciplines.
(4) If a student’s bachelor’s degree is not deemed equivalent to an acceptable extent, the student may be required to complete additional work worth up to 45 ECTS credits; these requirements must be satisfied by the end of the Master Programme. Only the Rectorate or a member of staff at the University of Salzburg designated by the Rectorate is authorized to make a determination of equivalency.
(5) ECTS credits will be allocated with regard to all relevant student achievements. One ECTS credit is equivalent to 25 hours of work and denotes the average workload required to achieve the expected learning outcomes. The workload of one academic year corresponds to 1.500 real hours and thus an allocation of 60 ECTS credits. (6) Students with disabilities and / or chronic illness will not experience any discrimination while studying. The principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Federal Equal Treatment Act and the Principle of Disadvantage Compensation will apply.
(7) The language of instruction is English. Classes in other languages may be taken as elective courses if they are offered as Master courses equivalent to the courses taught in English. § 2 Overview of the Degree Programme and Professional Skills (1) Overview of the Degree Programme Curriculum for the Master Programme European Union Studies of the Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg (Version 2018)
13 Mitteilungsblatt 5. Juni 2018 Seite 2 The programme aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge of European Union institutions, their functioning and decision-making, and of selected political themes. For this purpose, an interdisciplinary approach is pursued, reflecting political, legal, socio-economic and historical aspects, augmented by the involvement in the instruction process of practical experts at European and national level. (2) Professional Skills and Competences (Learning Outcomes) After completing the Master Programme in European Union Studies, students will have the following skills: Knowledge: – Comprehensive knowledge of European Union institutions, actors, decision-making, legal and economic fundamentals, policy areas and norms – In depth practical understanding of the policy-making process at European level through simulations and moot courts – The ability to understand socioscientific, legal and economic research compiled using high methodological standards, and to transfer their knowledge to other areas – The ability to write research in the individual disciplines using an interdisciplinary approach and the skills learned in the programme – The ability to analyze and apply the theories and concepts from the individual disciplines – The ability to evaluate and reproduce the decision-making processes of the European Union in a legal, political, economic, and historical context – Language skills, as a result of the option to acquire additional qualifications during a semester abroad Methodological skills: – The ability to apply the basic methods and techniques of the individual disciplines, also with regard to interdisciplinary research – The ability to design research projects in the individual disciplines, but also using an interdisciplinary perspective.
The ability to cooperate with others (interdisciplinary and in groups) and to conduct joint research – The ability to present complex academic studies and their own research outcomes Application skills: – The ability to combine academic and practical aspect of learnings, and to conduct practice-led research – The ability to work within the framework of stakeholder relationships, having acquired academic insight into the actions of EU institutions and stakeholders (3) Importance and Relevance of the Degree to the Academic Community, Society and the Labour Market Political, legal and economic issues are now largely determined by European-level decisions.
Knowledge of European institutions, policies and decision-making processes and European law is therefore of vital importance to understanding developments in the public and private sectors. A variety of public and private actors, large, medium and small enterprises, interest groups and members of wider civil society constantly need to assert their positions under changing conditions, and therefore look increasingly to the European level. The Master Programme in EU Studies provides the necessary expertise.
The following career fields are available to graduates: ‐ Occupations in European institutions and their environment
14 Mitteilungsblatt 5. Juni 2018 Seite 3 ‐ Employment in EU-related areas of public administration at national and regional level ‐ Interest groups at European and national level ‐ EU-specific political consulting and lobbying ‐ Public Policy Departments in companies and business organizations § 3 Structure of the Programme The Master Programme in EU Studies consists of 9 modules, for which 90 ECTS credits are allocated. Additionally, 6 ECTS credits are assessed for free elective courses.
The Master Thesis is worth 20 ECTS credits, and the Master Examination 4 ECTS credits.
Name of Module ECTS Credits Module 1: Introduction to the Politics of the EU 9 Module 2: European Law 6 Module 3: Economics and History of European Integration 9 Module 4: Terminology and Basics 6 Module 5: Interdisciplinary Consolidation 24 Module 6: Practical Seminars 12 Module 7: Research Design and Thesis 6 Elective Module 8: Case Studies on EU-Law and Politics 12 Elective Module 9: Methodology advanced 6 Free Elective Courses 6 Master Thesis 20 Master Examination 4 Total 120 § 4 Course Types (1) The following types of courses are included in the programme: A Lecture (VO) gives an overview of a subject or one of its component parts and its theoretical approaches, and presents different doctrines and methods.
The content is mainly taught in lecture style. The course is assessed by examination and there is no obligation to attend lectures.
A Lecture with Exercises (VU) connects the theoretical introduction of an area of study with developing practical skills. The course is assessed by examination and there is no obligation to attend lectures. An Excursion (EX) is used to develop and illustrate knowledge outside the university. An Excursion is a continuous assessment course with compulsory attendance. A Proseminar (PS) is an academically oriented course and prepares the students for seminar courses. Knowledge and skills are developed through theoretical and practical study, and the active participation of the students. A Proseminar is a continuous assessment course with compulsory attendance.
A Seminar (SE) is a course that consolidates knowledge of a particular subject. It facilitates the acquisition of a deeper specialized knowledge and the capacity for discussion and reflection on academic themes, in the context of collaborative learning by the student. A Seminar is a continuous assessment course with compulsory attendance. A Language Course (SK) enables the acquisition and deepening of language skills through the active participation of the students. A language course is a continuous assessment course with compulsory attendance.
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Juni 2018 Seite 4 An Interdisciplinary Project (IP) uses approaches, ways of thinking and methodologies from different disciplines to interconnect subjects, and combines theoretical and practical objectives. An Interdisciplinary Project is a continuous assessment course with compulsory attendance (2) Courses and examinations can be held in other languages than the main language of instruction. For organizational reasons, courses can be allocated increased weekly hours during a part of a semester (block courses).
(3) Different courses from other fields of study may be designated as acceptable courses under the scope of § 1 with the agreement of the course leader, as long as the content and methodology of the replacement course is substantially similar. § 5 Required Courses and Plan of Study The modules and courses of the Master Programme are listed below. The assignment to semesters is a recommendation and ensures that the sequence of courses is optimal, based on knowledge previously obtained, and that one year of work does not exceed 60 ECTS credits. Modules and courses can be taken in a different order, as long as the preconditions according to § 13 are not violated.
Detailed descriptions of the modules, including the associated competences, methodologies and skills can be found in Annex I: Description of Modules. Master Programme EUS Module Lecture SSt. Ty pe ECT S Semester with ECTS I II III IV (1) Compulsory Modules and Courses Module 1: Introduction to the Politics of the EU Introduction to the Politics of the European Union 2 VO 3 3 Introduction to the Politics of the European Union 2 PS 6 6 Module 1 Subtotal 4 9 9 Modul 2: European Law European Law I 2 VU 3 3 European Law II 2 VU 3 3 Module 2 Subtotal 4 6 6 Module 3: Economics and History of European Integration International Macroeconomics and European Integration I 2 VO 3 3 International Macroeconomics and European Integration II 2 VO 3 3 History of European Integration 2 VO 3 3 Module 3 Subtotal 6 9 9 Module 4: Terminology and Basics English for EU Studies 2 SK 3 3 Subject Exam - Fundamentals of EU Studies 0 - 3 3 Module 4 Subtotal 2 6 6 Module 5: Interdisciplinary Consolidation EU Politics in depth 2 SE 6 6 European Law in depth 2 SE 6 6 Economics of European Integration in depth 2 SE 6 6 Transdisciplinary Methodology 2 SE 6 6 Module 5 Subtotal 8 24 24 Module 6 Practical Seminars
16 Mitteilungsblatt 5. Juni 2018 Seite 5 Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe 2 EX 6 6 EU Institutions in Practice 2 EX 6 6 Module 6 Subtotal 4 12 6 6 Module 7 Methods, Research Design and Thesis Interdisciplinary Master Seminar 1 SE 3 3 Supervision Seminar 1 SE 3 3 Module 7 Subtotal 2 6 6 Total Compulsory Modules and Compulsory Courses 32 72 30 30 6 6 (2) Elective Modules Elective Module 8: Case Studies on EU Law and Politics 6 IS 12 12 Elective Module 9: Methodology advanced : Methods in Political Science OR Economics OR Law 2 SE 6 6 Total Elective Modules 8 18 18 (3) Free Elective Courses 6 6 (4) Master Thesis 20 20 (5) Master Examination 4 4 Totals total 120 30 30 30 30 § 6 List of Elective Modules and / or Linked Elective Modules Module Lecture SSt Type EC TS Semester with ECTS I II III IV 1 Elective Module 8: Case Studies on EU Law and Politics (one out of two) Module 8a Interdisciplinary Case Study A Interdisciplinary Case Study A 6 IP 12 1 2 Module 8a Subtotal 6 IP 12 1 2 Module 8b Interdisciplinary Case Study B Interdisciplinary Case Study B 6 IP 12 1 2 Module 8b Subtotal 6 IP 12 1 2 2 Elective Module 9: Methodology advanced: Methods in Political Science OR Economics OR Law (one out of three) Methods Advanced : Methods in Political Science 2 SE 6 6 Methods Advanced : Methods in Economics 2 SE 6 6 Methods Advanced : Methods in Law 2 SE 6 6 Module 2 Subtotal 6 SE 18 1 8 Total Elective Modules 8 18 1 8
17 5. Juni 2018 Seite 6 § 7 Free Elective Courses Free elective courses to the value of 6 ECTS credits must be completed as part of the Master Programme. They can be selected from courses offered at any recognized postsecondary educational institution and will enable the study of focal points within the Master Programme. § 8 Master Thesis (1) The Master Programme in EU Studies concludes with a Master Examination before an examining committee worth 4 ECTS credits. (2) Students must have successfully completed all of the required courses and the Master Thesis in order to be eligible to take the Master Examination.
(3) The Master Examination is carried out in the form of presentation and a discussion on the Master Thesis (Defensio). The debate (Defensio) is carried out with respect to two subjects chosen from the disciplines of political science, law, economic and social history, economics, or communication science. The first subject will be the one relating to the Master Thesis. The second area should be suggested by the candidate. § 9 Work Placement Students are recommended to complete a work placement in the context of the free elective courses, comprising at least three consecutive weeks in full time employment (this corresponds to 4.5 ECTS credits).
The work placement should be completed during the study programme at an institution that mainly deals with issues connected to European Integration, and should be authorized by the relevant authority before commencement. The student should write a report about the work placement, which should then be confirmed by the institution.
10 Study Abroad Students in the Master Programme in EU Studies are encouraged to spend a semester of study abroad. This semester abroad should ideally be scheduled in the second or fourth semester of study. Recognition of the courses completed at the university abroad will be granted by the responsible body. Documents needed for the assessment should be provided by the student. The semester abroad can be completed without causing a delay in a student’s course of study if the following conditions are met: – At least 30 ECTS credits are earned in each semester of study abroad – The content of the courses completed during the period of study abroad is not identical to courses already completed at the University of Salzburg – Formal confirmation in writing before beginning the study of which courses and/or exams planned to be taken abroad are transferable to the University of Salzburg In addition to field-specific knowledge and skills, students stand to gain the following qualifications by studying abroad: – Acquisition and consolidation of field-specific knowledge in a foreign language – Acquisition and consolidation of general foreign-language skills (comprehension, conversation, etc.) – Acquisition and consolidation of organizational skills gained by independently navigating the bureaucracy and organizational structure of a university abroad, as well as the daily challenges of student life abroad – Becoming acquainted with international student exchange programmes and broadening one's perspectives in one's own field of study – Acquisition and consolidation of intercultural communication skills
18 Mitteilungsblatt 5. Juni 2018 Seite 7 Students with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses will be assisted in their search for an opportunity to study abroad, and in planning for their semester abroad, by the Office of the Rectorate for Disability & Diversity. § 11 Double Degree Programmes (1) Students enrolled for the Master Programme "European Studies with a specialization in European Law", Palacky University in Olomouc (Czech Republic) may apply to have their credits recognized as follows: Outgoing – Proof of course examinations in the Master Programme to the value of 24 ECTS credits, replacing the lectures in module 5 (Interdisciplinary Consolidation).
Evidence of the positive assessment of a Master Thesis in the Master Programme, replacing the thesis detailed in this curriculum.
Evidence of an examination in the subject of the Master Thesis in the amount of 6 ECTS credits, replacing Module 7. Incoming – Graduates of the Master Programme "European Studies specializing in European Law" at Palacky University in Olomouc (Czech Republic) should have proof of the successful completion of the Elective Module Case Studies on EU law and politics, the Elective Module: Methodology advanced and free elective courses (6 ECTS) at the University of Salzburg. (2) Students enrolled for the Master Programme in International Relations, European Studies at the LUISS – Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli, Roma, may apply to have their credits recognized as follows: Outgoing – Evidence of the successful completion of a Master Thesis in the Master Programme in International Relations, replacing the Master Thesis for this curriculum.
Evidence of completion of examinations corresponding to 10 ECTS credits from the subject area or with respect to the Master Thesis, replacing the Master Examination (§ 15) and module 7 Incoming – Proof of completion of examinations corresponding to 60 ECTS credits from legal, economic, or political science courses with particular European or international relevance from the Master Programme, replacing modules 1-5. § 12 Allocation of Places in Courses with a Limited Number of Participants (1) The maximum number of participants in the Master Programme in EU Studies for the following course types is limited as shown below: Lectures (VO), Lectures with exercises (VU) no limit Excursion (EX) 25 Proseminar (PS) 30 Seminar (SE) 20 Language Course (SK) 30 Interdisciplinary Project (IP) 20
19 Mitteilungsblatt 5. Juni 2018 Seite 8 (2) In instances in which courses with a restricted number of participants are oversubscribed, priority of enrolment will be given to students for whom the course is part of the curriculum. (3) Students in the Master Programme in EU Studies will be given places in courses based on the following criteria in the order listed below: - a student was on the waiting list in the course in the previous academic year - a student has earned a higher total number of ECTS credits in the programme so far - a student has completed a greater number of courses and/or exams - a student has completed a greater number of semesters in the programme of study - a student has a higher ECTS weighted grade point average - random selection Available places will be allocated to students from other programs using the same criteria in the same order.
(4) For students participating in international exchange programs, additional places constituting at least ten percent of the maximum number of participants in each course will be made available. These places will be allocated randomly. § 13 Conditions of Admission to Examinations (1) The following prerequisites apply: Course / module: a prerequisite for: Module 1: Introduction to the Politics of the EU Module 2: European Law (Subject Exam) VO International Macroeconomics and European Integration I Fundamentals of EU studies (Subject Exam) Modules 5, 6 and 7 Module 5 VO International Macroeconomics and European Integration II (Module 2), SK English for EU studies (Module 4) Elective Module 8: Case Studies on EU Law and Politics, and Elective Module 9: Methodology advanced (2) These admission requirements maybe waived for students participating in Double Degree Programmes (§ 11) allowing for proper proceedings of their studies.
14 Examination Regulations (1) The tests should be taken as written examinations at the end of the course. In the case of European Law, the test can be offered in written form (Duration: 120min) or as an oral examination; testing of the Fundamentals of European Union Studies is a written exam (duration: 90min).
(2) Substitution of Courses If a student has completed courses in a previous study programme, which comprise the same content as compulsory courses in this Master Programme, it is possible to replace them with free elective course with the equivalent ECTS value. § 15 Master Examination (before examining committee) (1) The Master Programme in EU Studies concludes with a Master Examination before an examining committee, and is worth 4 ECTS credits. (2) Students must have successfully completed all of the required courses and the Master Thesis in order to be eligible to take the Master Examination.
20 Mitteilungsblatt 5. Juni 2018 Seite 9 (3) The Master Examination is carried out in the form of presentation and a discussion on the Master Thesis (Defensio). The debate (Defensio) is carried out with respect to two subjects chosen from the disciplines of political science, law, economic and social history, economics, or communication science. The first subject will be the one relating to the Master Thesis. The second area should be suggested by the candidate. § 16 Effective date The curriculum comes into force 1 October, 2018. § 17 Transitional Provisions Students enrolled in the curriculum for the Master Programme European Union Studies at Paris Lodron University Salzburg (May 30th 2016 Version, University Bulletin, Special Issue 110) for the term when this curriculum comes into force may complete the curriculum in which they are enrolled until 30.9.2019 at the latest.
Afterwards, they will be automatically transferred to the new curriculum.
21 Mitteilungsblatt 5. Juni 2018 Seite 10 Appendix I: Module Descriptions ECTS Module 1: Introduction to the Politics of the EU 9 Module 2: European Law 6 Module 3: Economics and History of European Integration 9 Module 4: Terminology and Basics 6 Module 5: Interdisciplinary Consolidation 24 Module 6: Practical Seminars 12 Module 7: Research Design and Thesis 6 Module 8: Elective Module Case Studies 12 Module 9: Elective Module Methodology advanced 6 Descriptions Module Title Module 1: Introduction to the Politics of the EU Module code M1 Total workload 9 ECTS Learning Outcomes Knowledge: - detailed knowledge of the central EU institutions and decision-making processes - knowledge of theories and theoretical debates on European Integration - Basic knowledge of the different policy areas of European Integration - knowledge of combinations of actors, also from a historical perspective Methodological skills: - understanding of the methodologies used in current political science publications on European Integration - ability to incorporate research questions into a theoretical framework - knowledge of the most important publications and journals Interpretational skills: - ability to assess and classify steps in integration from different theoretical perspectives - understanding of the research design theory current in political science research on European Integration - ability to question and critically assess research findings Application skills: - ability to develop their own research questions derived from prior research, and to develop using the appropriate literature -ability to use basic political science methodologies applicable to the research of European Integration - ability to carry out research in literature without supervision - are prepared to re-enact EU decision-making processes within the framework of case studies.
Module Content - overview of the integration steps since the establishment of the European Union - theories of integration - the institutions and decision-making processes of the EU - cooperation between the European level and national governments - developments in particular areas of politics - combinations of actors Courses VO Introduction to the Politics of the EU (2 Sst, 3 ECTS) PS Introduction to the Politics of the EU (2 Sst, 6 ECTS.) Method of Examination Written examination (VO) and continuous assessment (PS)
22 Mitteilungsblatt 5. Juni 2018 Seite 11 Module title Module 2: European Law Module code M2 Total workload 6 ECTS Learning Outcomes Knowledge: - in-depth knowledge of the core areas of institutional and substantive European law Methodological skills: - ability to follow doctrinal arguments in the field of European law - ability to independently understand legal issues and situations - ability to independently analyse, review and assess legislation, including decisions of supreme courts - ability to analyse complex technical texts in English - mastery of legal jargon, active and passive, in English.
Application skills: - Assessment of legal issues, the practical application of the law, and of configuration possibilities in all areas of European law Module content - In-depth knowledge of the core areas of institutional European law (EU institutions and their interaction, legislation, competence) - In-depth knowledge of the European legal system and its relationship to national law - In-depth knowledge of the core areas of the substantive European law (fundamental freedoms, internal market and EMU, competition law) Courses VU European Law I (2 Sst, 3 ECTS) VU European Law II (2 Sst, 3 ECTS) Method of Examination Combined Subject Exam on both courses Module Title Module 3: Economics and History of European Integration Module code M3 Total workload 9 ECTS earning Outcomes Knowledge: - In-depth knowledge of the historical foundations of European Integration (including its origins after the first world war) - In-depth knowledge of the effects and modes of action of European economic integration, from the customs union to the single European market.
Knowledge of the structure, tools and effects of European Monetary Union.
Methodological skills: - ability to assess historical context and background of European Integration - assessment of basic economic dependencies with respect to the material and monetary sides of European Integration. - Ability to interpret simple economic indicators to assess the economic situation of a country or the EU Application skills: - assessment of basic economic dependencies. - Ability to evaluate alternative economic policy instruments. Module content - Investigation of the historical foundations of European Integration. - Investigation of the foundations of material and monetary side of European Integration.
Consolidation of economic knowledge based on selected (the most recent) aspects of European Integration. Courses VO International Macroeconomics and European Integration I (2 Sst, 3 ECTS) VO International Macroeconomics and European Integration II (2 Sst, 3 ECTS)
23 Mitteilungsblatt 5. Juni 2018 Seite 12 VO History of European Integration (2 Sst, 3 ECTS) Method of Examination Written examinations Module Title Module 4: Terminology and Basics Module code M4 Total workload 6 ECTS Learning Outcomes Knowledge: - basic knowledge as a foundation for further courses - learning English with specific EU terminology - knowledge of the fundamentals of European politics, European law and economic integration - Basic knowledge of the functioning of the European institutions, and decision-making processes - knowledge of the content of ECJ decisions promoting integration - expertise in dealing with EU terminology Methodological skills: - ability to apply basic methodologies in the fields of political science and the economics of European Integration - ability to present historic decisions in the field of European Integration - ability to use English in discussions and to write academic papers in English - acquisition of language skills, particularly in the context of Case Studies and to write up results in a Master Thesis.
Interpretational skills: - ability to coordinate the different disciplines and to evaluate integration steps and decisions of European institutions from the political, legal and economic point of view - Presentation of consolidating literature regarding the theoretical background Application skills: - Use of specific English vocabulary in the field of European Integration - classification of integration steps in reference to a theoretical framework, as well as in terms of the most important decisions of the CJEU - consideration of European Integration from different disciplinary perspectives - knowledge of the main publications dealing with the individual disciplines Module content - Basics of European Integration in the sub-disciplines Politics of European Integration, Economics of European Integration and European Law - English Language with particular reference to the terminology of European Integration - Basic theories of integration - Groundbreaking ECJ decisions - Basic methods and theories of macroeconomics, with particular reference to European Integration Courses SK English for EU Studies (2 Sst, 3 ECTS) Subject Examination - Fundamentals of EU Studies (2 Sst, 3 ECTS) Method of Examination Written examination and continuous assessment (English), and written examination (Fundamentals of EUS) Module Title Module 5: Interdisciplinary Consolidation Module code M5 Total workload 24 ECTS Learning Outcomes Knowledge: - in-depth knowledge of the relationships between law, politics and economics in the European Integration process concentrating on selected subject areas
24 Mitteilungsblatt 5. Juni 2018 Seite 13 - ability to formulate questions regarding the study of European Integration from the perspective of the three disciplines Methodological skills: - ability to assess the relevance of different methodologies in different areas of European Integration research - ability to interpret qualitative and quantitative results in the various fields of European Integration research - ability to apply selected qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies to at least one of the three disciplines relevant to the Master Programme Interpretational skills: - consideration of European Integration from different disciplinary perspectives in selected and advanced subject areas - ability to use literature specific to selected issues from the disciplines Application skills: - ability to assess the different disciplinary perspectives of integration steps and the decisions of European institutions - ability to present theoretical discourses and empirical research - ability to assess the relevance of approaches and to develop open questions from particular disciplinary points of view, but also combined with the other disciplines Module content - Consolidation courses in the areas of European Politics, European Law and European Economics on the basis of : - recent theoretical and empirical research results - discussion of the various disciplinary approaches Courses SE EU Politics in depth (2 Sst, 6 ECTS) SE European Law in depth (2 Sst, 6 ECTS) SE Economics of European Integration in depth (2 Sst, 6 ECTS) SE Transdisciplinary Methodology (2 Sst, 6 ECTS) Method of Examination Continuous assessment Module Title Module 6: Practical Seminars Module code M6 Total workload Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe 6 ECTS EU Institutions in practice 6 ECTS Learning Outcomes Knowledge: - knowledge of transformation processes ( European Integration) and related issues in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - with emphasis on the Czech Republic - knowledge of the operations of the various EU institutions in practice Methodological skills: - transmitting previously acquired knowledge on current research issues - presentation of research Interpretational skills: - consideration of European Integration using different disciplines in a practical perspective - ability to bring subject-specific issues to experts, then to discuss and critically reflect on the issues in a practical perspective - ability to connect theory and practice Application skills: - combination of theoretical knowledge and practical application Module Content Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe – overview of the historical development and transformation processes in a particular CEE country